Much of the initial concept for the UWC ISAK Japan campus can be credited to award-winning Japanese architect, Mr. Edward Suzuki. Mr. Suzuki is renowned for his green design which incorporates natural elements and the clean lines of traditional Japanese architecture with modern efficiency and technology. His work is notable for bringing the outdoors into inside spaces.
Mr. Suzuki’s vision for the campus was inspired by his own boarding school experience, as well as his design philosophy of creating a harmony between the campus buildings and surrounding natural environment. He also minimized the use of interior walls wherever possible, resulting in the bright, open atmosphere that is a hallmark of ISAK.
Mr. Suzuki’s work has brought him over a dozen major awards in Japan and the United States, including an award for the design of ISAK which won him the very prestigious 2016 Chicago Athenaeum Green GOOD DESIGN Award.
Coelacanth & Associates
Tokyo Partners, Kazuko Akamatsu and Kazuhiro Kojima
ISAK chose the award-winning team at Coelacanth & Associates to design Phase 2 of our campus. A leader in educational space, Coelacanth is responsible for numerous education institutions in Japan, from nursery schools and elementary schools to high schools, libraries, and universities. Respected worldwide, the firm has also designed schools, museums and residences for projects as far away as Doha, Vietnam, and Kyrgyz.
Coelacanth has received many awards, including most recently the 2016 Cultural Prize of Architecture, Chiba Prefecture, for Nagareyama Otakanomori Elementary and Junior High School.